Central Western Oregon Science Expo (CWOSE)

The Science and Engineering Fair for the Willamette Valley

Sponsored by University of Oregon

CWOSE is an opportunity for middle- and high school students in the Willamette Valley to engage in the process of science: asking questions, conducting experiments, collecting data, drawing conclusions, and communicating with others about their work. 

CWOSE is part of a large state and national system of science conferences.  The CWOSE science fair started in 2004 by David Hackleman, an Oregon State University engineer and has grown ever since. The science expo is a judged event, meaning that student projects are evaluated by teachers, college faculty and students, and significant  prizes are awarded to the winners. 

Who is eligible for CWOSE?  High school (grades 9-12) and middle school (grades 5-8) students in the following Oregon counties:  Yamhill, Marion, Linn, Benton, Tillamook, Polk, Lane, Lincoln, Douglas, Coos, Curry, Josephine, and Jackson.

When is the 2021 fair?   The next CWOSE will take place on February 27, 2021. The event will start at 8AM and will complete before 6 PM: The detailed 2021 schedule will be posted once ready.

Where is the 2021 fair?   Due to Covid Restrictions the fair will be held in a virtual format. Each year we plan to alternate locations between the University of Oregon and Willamette University.

How can I participate?   Participation in CWOSE requires advance planning:  students and teachers must understand the rules and fill out paperwork appropriately and on time.  The rules and required documents for middle school and high school projects are different.  Follow the links under the Directions tab for specifics.  

How do I register? 

  • The Adult Sponsor must add each student project through Online Registration in the upper right. If you are on a mobile devise, you may need to scroll down to access the link.
  • You or your sponsor must also submit the registration fee, which is $5 per project, payable by check made out to “PSU Foundation”.  

Deadline:  All Project Forms and Research Plans must be uploaded to AFOR by 10 February, 2021

February 19th is the deadline for a video presentation and digital poster/slide deck.

Complete details for both high school and middle school projects is at https://nwse.org/virtual/

  • Mail your Registration Fee and School Registration Form to:

P.O Box  311
Banks, OR  97106

2021 Award Results

Judge Schedule:

Judges will be able to review the virtual entries February 20-25, interviews followed by deliberations will be February 27 8:45am-noon through Zoom.

Student Schedule:

All CWOSE students will be interviewed by judges in a group Zoom. Students will either be assigned to 9am-10am or 10:10-11:20am time periods. Students may observe competitor interviews with video and microphone off.

Contacts for CWOSE:                                                                               

Dr. Michael Rockow    CWOSE  Co-Director
Leslie Middle School
Salem, Oregon
Dr. Karen Sprague CWOSE Co-Director
Biology Department & College of Arts and Sciences
University of Oregon